What a weird year it’s been for Marian Shved.
He featured in some pre-season action for Celtic ahead of 20-21, but clearly didn’t do enough to impress Neil Lennon. The former Karpaty Lviv man was loaned out to KV Mechelen, where he didn’t start at all well.
In fact, his manager at Mechelen, had blasted his training and attitude [HLN]. Introverted and “arrogant”, Shved had nearly sulked his way out of the Jupiler Pro League before he’d kicked a ball.
Now, though, he’s reportedly in talks with the Belgian side over a permanent move. Or is he? The Daily Record are suggesting that there’s some doubt over Shved’s situation. It appears, he might just be in line for a Celtic comeback.
In some interesting comments, attributed to the Daily Record, Shved said:
“At the moment the situation is that I will have to return to Glasgow at the end of the season because I have a contract with Celtic.
“What will happen next… I don’t know.
“Maybe I will stay at Mechelen, perhaps I will move to another club or maybe I will stay with Celtic. The situation will have to be resolved within the next month or so.
“Celtic will have a new manager because they recently fired Neil Lennon. But we don’t know yet who will take his place. Hopefully, I will know soon.
“The important thing for me is whether I will play or not. It’s the same everywhere, no matter what club you are with.
“It’s difficult for me to say whether I would adapt better in Scotland now after my time in Belgium.”
Celtic exile Marian Shved is starting to wear supporters’ patience
It’s understandable that the Brendan Rodgers signing is confused about his situation. Whether it’s a mistranslation or a genuine mistake, Shved seems to believe Neil Lennon was “fired”. That’s maybe not a big deal, but it goes to show how disconnected he is from the club that owns his contract.
We don’t know about you, but to us, this is getting a bit tiresome. Constantly, Shved seems to be putting himself up for auction, with his agent seemingly prompting him for regular interviews about his future.
He’s right, though, he needs to play. And if the next Celtic boss doesn’t like the look of him either, it’s time to cut our losses. Yes, he’s been good in Belgium, but it’s possible that excitement over Shved has gotten out of hand. 3 goals and 2 assists in 15 league games is impressive, sure, but does it make him indispensable?
I’d argue not.
We’re not saying he has to decide on his future right now. It makes little sense to, for neither Shved nor Celtic. He doesn’t know what concrete offers he’ll have. From a Celtic point of view, he might come back to Lennoxtown and his flaws will be illuminated once more.
We just don’t know. So deciding these things within a month seems unlikely.